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Field Trip, Saturday, February 17, 2018: Englewood Metropark
Englewood MetroPark is one of the largest parks within the Five Rivers Metropark system. At 1,900 acres, it is home to lakes, woodlands, wetlands, meadows, three waterfalls, and more than twenty miles of trails. With its floodplain forests and wetlands, the Park helps to buffer and protect the Stillwater River, which serves as a focal point of the Park. A remnant swamp forest, accessible by boardwalk, supports an unusual population of trees, including black ash, swamp white oak and pumpkin ash. A brochure, including a map of Englewood Metropark, is at  https://www.metroparks.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/MetroParks-Englewood-brochure-03-2016.pdf. Our visit to Englewood will be hosted by Lauren Asquith, Education Specialist with Five Rivers Metroparks. The trip will leave at 8:00 a.m. from the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Field Trip, Saturday, March 24, 2018: Shaker Trace Wetlands
Shaker Trace Wetlands, located near the village of New Haven in northern Hamilton County, is part of Miami-Whitewater Forest, a Hamilton County Park. It features a nice observation deck and primitive trails. The wetlands are surrounded by fields, which the Park District is in the process of converting from cropland to prairie. Located just a thirty-minute drive south of Oxford, it is part of a growing wildlife corridor that also includes the Fernald Preserve. We will be looking for ducks, shorebirds, and other water and marsh species, as well as raptors. Expert birder Bill Wilson will lead this outing. We will leave at 8:00 a.m. from  the TJ Maxx parking lot (on Locust Street across from McDonald’s) and return to Oxford in the afternoon. Pack food if desired and bring binoculars if possible.

Field Trip, Sunday, April 22, 2018: Hunter / Huffmeier Property
This will be another delightful visit to the rural Indiana property of our hosts, Kathy Hunter and Ron Huffmeier. The land, located just to the west of Brookville Lake, features stunning old-growth forest along with open grassy areas and lovely streams. We are sure to find a nice variety of birds while walking through this attractive setting. Pack a lunch, and we will dine on the deck of Kathy and Ron’s home overlooking the woods. We’ll leave at 8:00 a.m. from west end of the Wal Mart parking lot (on US 27, north of Oxford) and return to Oxford after lunch.

For instructions on meeting a trip at the trip site, or information on last-minute changes, consult the site or send an e-mail to the trip coordinator at jmichael@amvohio.org.

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